The Orthodox Christian Parish of the Holy and Life Giving Cross at Lancaster (United Kingdom) belongs to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland under the omophorion of the Metropolitan Silouan. Our Patriarch is His Beatitude John X.
The Holy Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is served every Sunday at 09:45 a.m. at the Church of St Martin of Tours, Westgate, Lancashire, LA4 4UZ, United Kingdom (find us). Great Vespers are served every Saturday at 16.00, preceded by Memorials and Confessions. Other Orthodox services, including those for special Feasts, are held according to the Orthodox calendar and sometimes take place on Skype. Please, contact us for more information on the exact time and date of the services, check our private page on Facebook, or look at the last page of this month's Stavronian.
We are a relatively small parish led by Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, but with faithful from more than half a dozen nationalities! The Parish also serves the liturgical and pastoral needs of Orthodox Christians studying and teaching at Lancaster University.
To ensure our church is a safe place of worship and fellowship, we implement the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Policy, which may be found here.
Mrs Alexandra McCafferty is the Parish Safeguarding Representative. She assists the parish priest with the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy. She is the official point of contact for anyone who needs to report concerns about safeguarding issues. You can contact Alexandra by email at alexispet[at]yahoo.com
We are in need of people willing to help in the Church, in particular servers and chanters. If you wish to offer your help, please contact Fr Jonathan.
We enjoy our fellowship, having meals together and taking part in pilgrimages to Orthodox monasteries, churches, ancient Christian sites and other worship places (photos). We produce a newsletter each month with our news and spiritual food for thought. We also work in translations, and have translated St. Lioba's life from English to Greek and St. Joachim's life from Greek to English (more information here). Please also see the holy tasks page with details about our work, and our treasures page with information on the icons and holy relics of St. Nicholas Planas and St. Joachim of Ithaca, that our parish is blessed to have.
To this end, we are making an appeal to raise funds to cover the rent and other needs of the Church on a permanent basis. Apart from your much needed prayers, you can find information on how to contribute to our fund raiser here.
Photos from the presentation of the book "Fountains in the Desert" in Greece.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."